Bugter seizes Rás Tailteann victory with suprise last-lap attack on final stage

Bugter overcomes 10-second overnight deficit to win the race in Skerries

 Luuc Bugter celebrates after winning the Rás by one second. Photograph:  ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

Luuc Bugter celebrates after winning the Rás by one second. Photograph: ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

Attacking on the final lap of the finishing circuit in Skerries, Luuc Bugter (Netherlands Delta Cycling X) dramatically overcame his 10-second overnight deficit to race leader Cyrille Thiery (Switzerland National Team), winning the race.

He and Robbe Ghys (Belgian National Team) surged clear and bridged across to his teammate Sjoerd Bax, who had attacked several kilometres earlier. The trio then hammered it to the finish and while Thiery fought hard to hold on to yellow, he crossed the line 12 seconds behind stage winner Ghys, 11 seconds behind Bugter and thus one second back overall.

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